The Lumber Room: Mental Illness in the House of Medicine (2016 second edition)

A lively, literate essay argues that, with medical progress, unruly mental illnesses vanish and re-emerge as quantifiable, often curable physical illnesses. Includes references to the DSM, epilepsy, lycanthropy, syphilis, cancer, the Capgras delusion, malaria, Alzheimer's disease, porphyria, multiple sclerosis, psychoanalysis, E.M. Forster, Samuel Johnson and Louis Pasteur. Updated in 2016. More

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D.S. Arrowsmith is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University School of Library Service. She lives in New York City with her husband and thousands of books. Email her at

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